HC Deb 20 December 1906 vol 167 c1723

I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to the fact that at Gainsborough and Bournemouth skilled telegraphists have been compelled to perform the sorting of letters owing to Christmas pressure; whether he is aware that married women who have been telegraphists, and whose husbands are in constant employment in the postal service, have been given temporary employment to perform telegraph work; and whether, in view of the amount of unemployment among ordinary workpeople, he will direct that the telegraphists should be sent back to perform their own duties, while the requirements of the Post Office for letter-sorting can be met by the employment of casual labour.

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Sydney Buxton, Tower Hamlets, Poplar)

I will have inquiry made into the matter.